Life comes at you in various ways, and there is no escaping it. With ups and downs in weight, pregnancy, and just natural aging, our abdomen will change like any other part of our body. We might be able to hide some of the changes with shapewear, but what about when that comes off? Bathing suit season is always just around the corner, and we all want to be able to show off. A tummy tuck can help in all the ways that you may have been looking for!
A tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure that will have to be done under local anesthesia. A standard tummy tuck involves making incisions to remove a bulk of skin and fat between your bellybutton and pubic area in a horizontal oval shape. The connective tissue that is over the abdominal muscles is then tightened with permanent sutures. Afterward, the skin will be repositioned around your belly button, brought out through a small incision and sutured in its normal position. You will have a scar that falls along the natural crease within the bikini line, but it can be easily covered and fades slightly with time.
As mentioned before, fat is removed during a standard tummy tuck procedure using liposuction. Furthermore, the average amount of abdominal tissue resected during a tummy tuck procedure tends to be about five pounds. By having the fat cells beneath the skin removed, a patient can see experience some weight loss because the cells do not grow back.
Some people who receive liposuction will also require a tummy tuck afterward, because if enough fat is removed, then a tummy tuck may be needed to remove the excess skin and contour the abdomen. Keep in mind that significant weight loss after the procedure can diminish your results.
Before the procedure, however, you will need to maintain a stable weight. Ideally, this needs to be done for at least 12 months before having a tummy tuck. If you are severely overweight, common among those seeking this procedure, you may be advised to lose weight before the treatment.
After a tummy tuck, you are likely to feel moderate pain manageable with medication. You will wear a supportive abdominal garment for about six weeks after your procedure. This helps prevent fluid buildup and provides abdominal support while you are in the healing process. Before you decide to have a tummy tuck, you must also take into consideration the risks. They can include changes in skin sensation, tissue damage, unexpected scarring, and even fluid accumulation beneath the skin.
Don’t spend your bikini season inside serving the drinks, and instead consider this fantastic option with your surgeon. Whether you are losing weight or recently had babies, you should reward yourself with an abdomen that you will feel confident showing off.